September 16th Update: when we originally featured this ’63 Nova in mid-July, the private seller was hoping for $15,000. We just noticed he has a brand new post this morning with his car now listed for $14,000. We’ve updated the links below to reflect the change. Good luck with the purchase! RS3.
Chevrolet only offered convertible Novas for two years, so its a rare site to have a nice example come up for sale like the one here on Craigslist in Killingly, Connecticut where the seller now has it listed for $14,000. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a price guide, the private seller now has his Nova smartly priced $500 above the #4 “Fair” level of $13,500. Also worth noting is that the private seller is willing to trade his Nova “For an original Ford Model A, rat rod, or something else if it catches his interest.”
Chevrolet launched the more conventional first generation Chevy II in 1962 after the Ford Falcon outsold the radical VW Beetle inspired Corvair in 1960. Chevrolet produced the first generation cars from 1962 through 1965. Chevy IIs were available in 100 and 200 series trim levels, while the Nova convertible such as the car featured here was only available in the 400 series. Chevrolet offered two engines for ’62 and ’63: standard was a 153 cubic inch inline four cylinder, while a new 194 cubic inch straight six the Nova featured here was optional. Chevrolet only produced convertible Novas for the ’62 and ’63 model years as Chevy accurately predicted the introduction of the full Chevelle line with an available V8 would cannibalize sales of higher trimmed Novas.
The owner of this Silver Blue over light blue ’63 calls his Nova a “good driver quality car, not a $30k show queen. Runs great and driven to the car shows regularly during the season. Runs silent, shifts great.” He also notes that its unmolested in original condition. In additional to having the six cylinder engine, this Nova features a “three-on-the-tree” shifted manual transmission and a power top. From the pictures provided, this Nova appears to be a very solid survivor. Other than what appears to be a very worn rear seat (note the blue tape on top of the bench and the blanket used to cover the bottom cushion), the interior appears to be in great condition.
Besides considering reupholstering the rear seat, we’d likely remove the air horn system installed under the hood, as we’re pretty sure that was not a factory option. Otherwise we would continue doing what the owner has been: drop the top on nice days and drive it car shows regularly during the season. Good luck with the purchase!